By Will Ashton
Spoilers for Breaking Bad, obviously. Also, sorry for the delay.
Last week’s episode opening say the downfall spiral of Heisenberg going even farther . This week, however, we’re getting a look at Jessie’s.
We begin the episode from the viewpoint of a man we’ve never seen before, not uncommon for Breaking Bad to do. We see an older gentleman enjoying the night breeze on his porch before heading out to his truck. But before he does this, he notices something: a wad of money laying before him. Not long after this, he begins to see a trail of money before him, which leads him to something we don’t directly see at first.
Jessie’s car has been crashed into a local playground set, and Jessie is not even fazed by it, it seems. He is spinning around and around on the playground set, setting the mood perfectly for what he has been feeling these past couple episodes.
It’s not long after that that we return to the heated scene between Hank and Walt, where we left off last week with Walt warning his brother-in-law to “tread lightly.” Walt gets back in his car, but not before he and Hank spend a little bit of bit paying homage to classic westerns. Not only after he gets in his car does he stop to call his wife to let her in on his discovery. But it turns out that that Hank had a similar idea, and decides to call his sister-in-law to meet and discuss the situation.
When Hank meets with Skylar, he reveals a little more to Skylar about what’s at stake and what could be happening throughout the next couple months, but not before telling her that Walt is “a monster.” But in meeting, he learns that perhaps the Heisenberg is a little closer to the family tree than he originally considered. He also spills the beans on Walt’s returning cancer to Skylar.
He sends his wife, Skylar’s sister, into the house to gain some information shortly after. This is, however, when she learns that Skylar has known for quite some time that Walt has been in the empire business. Before she tired to kill herself, before Gus, even before Hank was shot. In a fit of rage, Marie attempts to take her baby niece Holly away from this family, which throws Skylar in a fit of rage that Marie has only seen in the past couple months. It is then that Skylar joins Hank in the car and tells him that they need to be taken down.
It was only two episodes ago, but it feels so long ago from the time the whole family was siting together by the pool, laughing, drinking and enjoying themselves. Now Walt is debating with Saul Goodman whether or not he should be killed as Hank determines the best course of action in taking his brother-in-law down.
Meanwhile, Walt is back in the desert again, but this time, instead of cooking meth, he’s burying and hiding all the money that he’s made cooking meth these past couple months. But it’s not hard to see that, because of Walt’s returning cancer, that the hard day’s sun and the lack of water play a big toll on his health. When he finally returns to his concerned wife, Walt passes out before he can even hit the shower. As he awakes several hours later, he finds his wife unusually aiding him by his side as he talks to her and becomes a bit more honest than unusual these past few months. She reveals to Walt that she knows that his cancer is back, but, more importantly, when Walt considers giving up his Heisenberg identity, Skylar does a bit of role switching and suggest that, maybe he better keep it low.
Meanwhile, Hank is in his continued state of turmoil, but, when talking to his wife, tells her about one important note. The day that he confesses to the D.E.A. that Walt is Heisenberg will be the last day of his career, as the idea that his identity has been under his nose this whole time is too much to let go.
When Hank returns to work, however, he finds an unexpected guest: Jessie, who looks like hell at this point. As he enters the room to see him, we are left waiting, once again, until next week to find out what’s going to happen.
We also see Lydia again, along with Todd and find out what has been going on in the meth making business since Walt has left. Also, some dead bodies get involved in the process.
The biggest takeaways that I got from this episode are these: one, these episodes, if there were any doubt, are just going to be as good as ever if they can keep up the pace. They don’t have time to fool around, and every scene has a purpose to it. Also, I’m predicting it now, Dean Norris is going to be nominated for an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor next year. Just like Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito before him, when he is finally able to get some more screen time, he has been able to completely dominate it. Hopefully, he’ll be able to keep it up these next six episodes.